Rainbow in Taiwan lasts a record-breaking 9 hours

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  • A rainbow in Taiwan sets a new world record for longest-lasting rainbow
  • The rainbow lasted for 8 hours and 58 minutes
  • The previous record of six hours was set in England on March 14, 1994

A rainbow appeared above a university in Taiwan and lasted for almost nine hours.

Students and staff from the Chinese Culture University in Taipei documented the longest-lasting rainbow ever recorded. It arched over almost the entire city of Taipei for exactly 8 hours and fifty eight minutes.

“It was amazing. It felt like a gift from the sky. It’s so rare!” said Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor in the university’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences who helped lead the efforts to document the rainbow.

With over 10,000 photos from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and thousands more from students and residents, Prof. Kun-hsuan said they can prove to the Guinness World Records that the rainbow lasted 9 hours.

“I’m confident we can prove to Guinness second by second that this rainbow lasted for nine hours,” the professor said.

The rainbow, according to Modern Ghana, sets a new world record for longest-lasting rainbow, besting the previous record which was set 23 years ago. The colorful sight lasted from 6:57 a.m. to 3: 55 p.m.  on November 30, 2017.

Taiwan’s rainbow shattered the previous record set in Yorkshire, England on March 14, 1994, which lasted six hours.